“National Martini Day” Celebrated by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, Thursday, June 19; Mixologists Offer Takes on Trending Martinis

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The Martini has evolved from its 1950s incarnation. Bars & restaurants at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® offer the timeless and traditional version plus some spirited new drinks that reflect local flavors and serve as the perfect prelude to fabulous fare.

National Martini Day libations

Martini traditionalists can take a cue from Winston Churchill. According to legend, the great statesman simply poured gin into a pitcher, looked briefly at a bottle of vermouth across the room and poured himself a glass.

The Martini has evolved from its 1950s incarnation of gin, vermouth and an olive, as innovative barkeeps create intoxicating new takes on the all-American cocktail. Increasingly, high quality vodka takes the place of gin. Bars and restaurants at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® brands offer both the timeless and traditional version, plus some spirited new drinks that reflect local flavors and serve as the perfect prelude to fabulous fare.

Seattle – Sorrento Hotel

For 30 years, Seattle’s gracious Sorrento Hotel, has sat atop First Hill, offering traditional European elegance and luxury. The Hunt Club and the cozy Fireside Room draw both guests and savvy Seattle residents for an array of cocktails, including this ruby red Beet Martini.

Just Beet It Martini

1.5 oz Citrus Vodka
.5 oz Fresh Beet Juice
.25 oz Domaine De Canton Ginger Liquor
Top with Cucumber Dry Soda
Garnish with Cucumber Wedge

Washington State Wine Country – Willows Lodge

Set in Washington State Wine Country, Willows Lodge is a spectacular and scenic retreat, renowned for its award-winning restaurant, The Barking Frog. With soccer fever running high, Willows Lodge offers The World Cup Martini that gives new meaning to the term, “Going for the Gold. “

World Cup Martini

2 Oz. – Tito’s Vodka
.75 oz. – St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
5 leaves of fresh mint
1 cucumber wedge
Dash of gold dust (use sparingly!)
Martini Glass

Prep: Take a dry (non-chilled) martini glass, and gentle run the rim of the glass through the gold dust. Again, use sparingly.. a little goes a long way. Tap the glass a few times to remove excess gold dust.

Drink: Dry muddle mint and cucumber wedge, add ice, vodka and St. Germaine. Shake and drain into gold dusted martini glass. Mint leaf garnish.

Napa Valley - Bardessono

It’s so easy being green at Bardessono, one of the only three LEED Platinum Certified hotels in the world. In the heart of California’s Napa Valley, Bardessono’s critically acclaimed Lucy Restaurant & Bar combines vodka, a fine California vintage and locally grown cucumber, basil and lemon.

Green Leed Martini

1.5oz Tito’s vodka
.5oz Cadillac wine
1oz Cucumber/basil
.5oz lemon
Shake & double strain into Martini glass
Garnish: Cucumber wheel on lip of glass

San Antonio – Hotel Contessa – Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk

Guests will remember more than the Alamo after a stay in this urban resort on San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk. Named one of America’s Top 100 Hotels by Condé Nast Traveler, Hotel Contessa’s Las Ramblas Riverwalk Restaurant will mark National Martini Day with the Cavender Martini made with San Antonio’s own Cinco Vodka.

The Cavender Martini

1 oz. St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz. Cinco Vodka
1 oz. Cava Brut Rosé

Shake St. Germaine & Cinco Vodka with ice.
Strain into chilled Martini Glass.
Top off with Cava Brut Rosé.
Garnish with an orange twist & orange essence.

Blacksburg, Virginia - The Inn at Virginia Tech

Southern Comforts and a highly original Martini come from The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Located on the campus of Virginia Tech, the hotel bar welcomes guests and Hokies, loyal fans of the Virginia Tech football team. The Inn at Virginia Tech uses herbs from its own gardens to create this tribute to the team.

The Golden Hokie Martini

Muddle 2 lemon verbena leaves, 3 mint leaves, one sugar cube and juice of half a lime.
Add 2 oz. of Wild Turkey 81 and shake.
Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel and float a mint leaf on top.

Orlando – Villas of Grand Cypress

Floridians like a refreshing drink and at Orlando’s Villas of Grand Cypress, the four-star Nine 18 restaurant offers a sparkling vodka cocktail of fresh raspberries, basil and lemon. A spectacular golf resort in the midst of Orlando’s attractions, The Villas of Grand Cypress offer accommodations in spacious villas, fine dining and limitless recreation,

Summer Nine8tini

10 Fresh raspberries
3 shots Grey Goose Vodka
3 fresh Basil Leaves
¾ Lemon
12 oz. tonic water

Cut basil into strips.
Add raspberries and basil into a mortar and pestle.
Grind until paste and add to a small pitcher.
Add the 3 shots of vodka.
Add 12 oz. of tonic water and juice of the lemon.
Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Pour into a raw sugar rimmed martini glass.

Chicago - Eaglewood Resort & Spa

A bucolic retreat just 35 minutes from Chicago’s Loop, Eaglewood Resort & Spa draws golfers, conference attendees, and vacationers. The Sounds of Summer Marti is perfect for sipping outdoors at the resort’s Prairie River Fire Pit and Patio

Sounds of Summer Sunset

Raspberry infused Grey Goose 2 oz.
Curacao Syrup 1 oz.
Blood Orange Juice 3 oz.
Grenadine splash
Garnish with a Raspberry

Fort Lauderdale (Weston) – Bonaventure Resort & Spa

Set on 55 lush acres on the edge of the Florida Everglades, the newly renovated Bonaventure Resort & Spa serves a Peach Cosmo inspired by the Sunshine State.

Bonaventure Peach Cosmo

1.25 oz. Ciroc Peach Vodka
.25 oz. Orange Liquor
1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
.25 oz. Lemon Juice
Splash of soda to top
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with Peach wedge.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming - The Snow King

The deer and antelope play on the spectacular Snow King Resort in the famed Snow King Recreation Area. After day of skiing, hiking, biking and more, guests relax in The Post Restaurant with a Velvet Antler.

The Velvet Antler

1 ½ oz. Patron XO Café
¾ oz. Dekuyper Buttershots
¾ oz. white Crème de Cacao
1 oz. Half & Half
Sugar in the Raw

Combine liquid ingredients in pint glass over ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into chilled martini glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. Decorate with cinnamon dusting.

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